roysmalley wrote:Just out of curiousity, why is everyone jumping on this "Youk is overrated" bandwagon. Is it based on anything or just group think?
Because Youk had a career year. He featured in about the same amount of games the previous two seasons, but he didn't hit for a .300 average nor did he show the kind of power he did last year, having more or less been a 15 HR caliber hitter. Youkilis did all this in his age 29 season, which might get some antsy about whether or not he's truly a late bloomer or had an outlier last year. If Youk hits 100 R/RBI, 20 HR, .300 BA, I think he justifies where he's taken, but I'm thinking 5th round is the earliest he should be drafted, not 3rd/4th round.
That said, you might not get a better SP than James Shields with so much variance of opinions on Youkilis. You might be able to get Halladay/Haren/Peavy/Webb for Youk. I think your hitting is OK, but your pitching is a shambles. You can still make up ground for it with your RP (Soria, Wood, Bell) and value-wise, I like Youk/Bell still. I wouldn't be surprised if Youk and Conor Jackson wind up giving similar production, not counting R/RBI though.